COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KXRM) — A Christmas favorite for good little boys and girls across the world returning for its 63rd year, and all the magic happens at North American Aerospace Defense Command stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
NORAD’s Track Santa website went live Dec. 1 and this year, Santa is going high-tech.
While jolly, old Saint Nick and the elves are still making that list and checking it twice, the hardworking folks at NORAD have been extra nice. This year, you can track Santa straight from your mobile device.
Since 1955, NORAD has been keeping its eyes on skies for the big guy. It all started with a local ad listed with a phone number to chat with Santa. Instead of going to Santa, it went to the dreaded red phone in the Continental Air Defense Command Operation Center, which was the predecessor to NORAD. Instead of Kriss Kringle, a colonel answered and played along, and a Christmas tradition was born. Now, the same satellites and radars used to protect North America are used to track Santa.
This year, Old Saint Nick’s yuletide journey is getting an upgrade with a more mobile-friendly website, social media channels and, on Christmas Eve, a ‘Santa Cam’ streaming video and a call center full of volunteers answering questions from kids.